Washington state couple charged after bombs found in home and outside hospital

The bomb was found Thursday morning in a car parked in front of the Harrison Medical Center emergency room in Bremerton, Wash., police said. KING-TV

A Washington state couple were ordered Friday held on $50,000 bond each after bombs were found outside a hospital and in their home.

Krista Leeann Hendershot and Dennis Dale Hendershot Jr., both 43, were arraigned in Kitsap County District Court on felony explosives charges. Their next hearing was set for Dec. 3.

Krista Hendershot was arrested Thursday after a State Patrol bomb squad found an explosive device in the car in which a good Samaritan had driven her to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, about 20 miles west of Seattle, police said.

A similar device was found in her mobile home in nearby Poulsbo, which police searched after questioning Hendershot.

Late Thursday, Dennis Hendershot was arrested by police who'd staked out the home and waited for him to return. He initially was also charged with a misdemeanor count of violating a no-contact order, which was later dropped.

Dennis Hendershot, a felon with previous burglary and drug convictions, is suspected of having made the bombs, police said.

The bizarre story began early Thursday morning, when a motorist picked up Leeann Hendershot because she looked to be in "distress," police said. As he was driving her to the hospital, she told him she had a bomb, they said.

The man alerted hospital staff, who called Bremerton police about 7:30 a.m.

Police sealed off the area of the emergency room and called the State Patrol bomb squad, which found the device in the car parked out front, Bremerton police said in a statement. Officers described it as an "improvised explosive device" made up of an agricultural field bomb nestled in a ring of six carbon dioxide canisters.

After police questioned Hendershot, the bomb squad found a second device wrapped in tape at her home and immediately evacuated surrounding homes, Poulsbo police said. 

Deputy Police Chief Robert Wright told NBC station KING of Seattle that the bomb was "very similar in nature to the one they took in Bremerton."

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